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Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.

A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the visual quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles. We present music, dance, poetry readings, and film screenings at historic Union Station, raising its profile as a cultural destination while simultaneously creating incentives to “Go Metro”.

The recipient of numerous awards, Metro Art has been recognized for its varied approaches to integrating the arts into the transit experience, and for engaging artists at all levels of their careers.

To learn more about upcoming opportunities and events, join our mailing list by clicking on the Artist Opportunities tab above.



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Metro Art shares its mailing list, on a carefully selected basis, with other programs seeking to inform artists of public art opportunities.

Metro Art Presents

Produced by the agency’s art program, Metro Art Presents showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. The diverse, all ages programming is designed to creatively activate the landmark station, engage the Los Angeles community and attract new riders.

To receive updates and information about events, subscribe to our email list by clicking on the “Artist Opportunities” tab.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at for routes and connections. Bicycle parking is also available on site.



Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system. Regular tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes. Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts. Tours are free. Reservations are not required.

To find out about upcoming tours and other public programs produced by Metro Art, sign up for our email list by clicking on the Events or Artist Opportunities tabs above.

See the art tours in action!

In this short video, docents and artists lead adventurous tour-goers through the Metro Rail system—some taking transit for the first time—visiting artworks at different stations and learning how to use TAP cards along the way.

Day of the Dead Art Tour

Sunday, November 1

4:30 - 6:00pm (arrive at 3:30pm for free face painting)

Begins at the entrance to Sierra Madre Villa Station

Art tour is limited to the first 100 attendees. First-come, first-served.

Celebrate the lives of those who have died on a special Day of the Dead themed art tour. The free, one night only tour explores artworks in the Metro system through the lens of Consuelo Flores, an established poet, writer, mixed media, installation and performance artist who is respected for her understanding and promotion of the true celebration of the Day of the Dead. The tour begins at the Sierra Madre Villa Station and ends at Self Help Graphics' 42nd Annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration. 

Union Station Tours

Second Sunday (October 11, November 8, December 13)

10:30am - 12:30pm

Begins at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station

Led by trained Metro Art Docents, the tours will cover historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall and former Fred Harvey restaurant. Additionally, the tours will explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, Union Station East and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building.

El domingo, 10 de octubre - ¡por la primera vez en español!

10:30am - 12:30pm

Dirigido por guías calificados de Metro Art, los tours abarcan el arte, arquitectura y los espacios no abiertos al público del histórico Union Station, incluyendo la histórica sala de billetes y el antiguo restaurante Fred Harvey. Además, los tours exploraran obras situadas en el portal de Metro Gold Line, el este de Union Station y dentro del edificio central de Metro Gateway. Los tours son gratis. No se requieren reservaciones. Los tours se reúnen en la caseta de información dentro de la entrada de la calle Alameda del histórico Union Station.

Year Round Tours

FREE docent led tours focus on getting around town using transit, introducing riders to a variety of artworks in Red Line stations, and drawing attention to area destinations served by Metro.

First Saturday

10:00am - 12:00pm

Meet promptly at 10:00am at the street level entrance to the Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail Station on Hollywood Blvd. near the corner with Highland Ave. If driving to Hollywood/Highland station, park at the Visitors' Center at the Hollywood/Highland shopping center complex to obtain partial parking validation. This tour is roundtrip.

First Sunday

10:00am - 12:00pm  

Meet promptly at 10:00 am at the information booth inside the entrance to historic Union Station at 800 Alameda St in Downtown Los Angeles. There is pay parking at Union Station, and metered street parking and pay lots in the immediate area. This tour is roundtrip.

Special Request Tours

Free art tours for groups of 15 or more are available by special arrangement. School tours are available for students in the 5th grade and above.

More information is available by calling 213.922.2738 or by clicking Art Tours.

General Information

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all the stations.

Docents carry voice amplifiers and wear bright yellow safety vests for easy identification. Docents will provide tour attendees with free TAP cards that are pre-loaded with day passes.

There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex.

Go Metro and save at various places near the tours. For more details, click here. Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to Downtown Los Angeles till 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro's Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323.466.3876).

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